5 Traits Businesses Should Look for in Remote Employees

The value of remote employees has been widely recognized as of the global pandemic of 2020, and more businesses have embraced the idea. A post on How to Add Resume to LinkedIn, a lot of business right now are using the popular platform to hire remote team. However, what you may not know is that you need to look for different traits in remote or online workers. The fact that they are not working at your office changes a lot about how you interact with them, as well as what kind of person they need to be to succeed. Here are 5 traits you should look for when hiring remote workers:

1.    Feedback Receptive

Each worker you hire must improve the company’s efficiency. You will need to guide and train them so they become the best version of themselves for your business. Doing so will require regular feedback.

However, not all people are receptive to feedback. You do not get to see them in person or as easily, which means you cannot easily reinforce your lessons or feedback. All your remote workers must be quick to take to feedback and able to apply it without supervision if you want them to provide value to your company.

2.    Open to New Ideas and Training

Businesses by nature are meant to grow and change. Stagnant companies are essentially failing. To keep your company growing, you will not only need to expand, you will also need to train your employees to ensure that their skill sets are up-to-date and remain relevant to the needs of the business.

To that end, any remote worker you hire must be open minded and willing to expand their wealth of knowledge. The easier they are to train, the better they will be as remote employees.

3.    They Have Initiative

Remote workers will be left to their own devices most of the time. While some oversight exists, for the most part they are their own boss. You or your managers will not be present to direct their efforts. Thus, your remote employees must be independent and posses initiative.

4.    They Have a Good Personality

There are traits that a good hire has, according to Forbes. A trainable and feedback receptive person with a positive and likable attitude is far more valuable than a skilled worker who cannot get along with everyone. The company is more than one person.

5.    They are Great Communicators

Nuance is lost when communicating online or over text. Thus, it is important to only hire remote workers who not only communicate well, but do so in a timely fashion. They need to reply quickly to messages to ensure that company systems are not bogged down.

Hiring remote workers can give your company the edge, as it allows you to access talent that would otherwise be beyond your reach. However, you cannot just hire anyone. Hire the right people, and the effort will be worth it.

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